Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Holy hell!

Wha? Mel Gibson's new movie about Jesus Christ is causing an uproar! I found this interesting perspective today. I think the author is right in pointing out:

Abraham Foxman, national director of the Jewish Anti-Defamation League, is quoted by Religion News Service as saying, "We respect his [Gibson's] creative rights, but we also believe that creative rights come with responsibilities."

It would appear that respect extends only if Gibson doesn't offend Foxman's concept of Christian "responsibility." However, Foxman and other Jewish critics show little respect for Gibson's right -- and responsibility -- to faithfully portray Holy Scripture.

In short, Gibson's Jewish critics presume to dictate how faithful Christians must portray Christ's Word.

The critics' hubris is astounding.

Imagine the outrage if Christians complained about Jews' depiction of the Pharaoh as a meany because it reflects poorly on Egyptians. Imagine the huff it would create if Christians insisted that Muslims must portray Muhammad as an apostate blasphemer because he denied Jesus' divinity. Where were these critics when Martin Scorsese filmed "The Last Temptation of Christ," a vile and blasphemous portrayal of Jesus' last days?

Well, I never saw "The last temptation of Christ" so I don't know if it's a "vile and blasphemous portrayal of Christ", but I do know that Christians get the short end of the stick when expressing their beliefs. Supposedly, in America, we have free speech, but it always seems that free speech doesn't apply to Christians. It's like you keep hearing about how we all should be tolerant of others' views, but doesn't that tolerance extend to Christians, in that others should be tolerant of Christian beliefs as well??

The band Audio Adrenaline wrote a song a long time ago called "Can't take God away". I always wanted to do that song back in the days when I was playing with the Rockin' Ageds. Here are they lyrics. I guess, they're not super-original, but it's a great song and IMHO, a powerful statement.

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